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aigrette

[ey-gret, ey-gret] /ˈeɪ grɛt, eɪˈgrɛt/
noun
1.
a plume or tuft of feathers, especially the back plume of any of various herons, arranged as a head ornament.
2.
a jeweled ornament depicting or suggesting this, usually worn in the hair or on a hat.
Origin
1635-1645
1635-45; < French, equivalent to aigr- (< Germanic; compare Old High German heiger heron) + -ette -ette. See egret, heron
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  • The cap is trimmed with satin ribbon or velvet loops arranged in aigrette style.
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aigrette

/ˈeɪɡrɛt; eɪˈɡrɛt/
noun
1.
a long plume worn on hats or as a headdress, esp one of long egret feathers
2.
an ornament or piece of jewellery in imitation of a plume of feathers
Word Origin
C19: French
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Encyclopedia Article for aigrette

tuft of long, white heron (usually egret) plumes used as a decorative headdress, or any other ornament resembling such a headdress. Such plumes were highly prized as ornaments in Middle Eastern ceremonial dress. Jeweled aigrettes, at first made in the form of a tuft of plumes, became an adornment for turbans in Turkey, particularly during the Ottoman period (1281-1924).

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